Skip to comments.Mugabe’s Madness: A Tyrant Clings to Power
Posted on 07/25/2011 3:17:09 PM PDT by greyfoxx39
The purpose of these articles is to provide insightful comment on the contemporary South African and southern African scene from a Christian, politically-incorrect perspective, in order to counter the propaganda of the Reds, almost-Reds (liberals and others), religious Reds (liberation theologians), and all their fellow-travellers; and to encourage Christians to pray for the people of this beautiful but desperately needy part of the world, and especially for their Christian brethren living here; and to do what they can to assist them.
On the 29th March, Zimbabweans went to the polls in the presidential and legislative elections after years of suffering under the tyrannical rule of President Robert Mugabe. It was pretty much assumed that this time, as in previous elections, Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front party (Zanu-PF) would win the election by rigging the results. And certainly they tried to do so! But the world was in for a surprise. By the next day, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, was claiming victory and it wasnt a hollow claim. There is no doubt whatsoever that they did, in fact, win, and win overwhelmingly. By April 2 it was clear, even from official results, that Zanu-PF had lost its majority in parliament. The MDC had won the parliamentary election with a huge majority. But even more astoundingly, Morgan Tsvangirai had clearly won the presidential election as well. This was admitted even by the State-controlled Herald newspaper, for it predicted a run-off a clear admission that Mugabe had not won. It was admitted, too, by Zanu-PF, for the party called for a recount of the votes even before the results of the election were supposedly known! The party would not have done this if it knew it had won.
Also, if Mugabe had won, the results would have been made public within a day or two of the election, amidst much crowing and strutting; but this was not done. And indeed, over four weeks after the election the results were still not made known! Nothing proves that Mugabe lost the election more forcefully than this.
The election results caught Mugabe and Zanu-PF by surprise. Although they certainly rigged the elections to some extent, they were so confident of winning anyway, thanks to massive intimidation over many months, that they did not bother to rig the results sufficiently and they got a nasty shock when, despite the intimidation, the Zimbabwean people voted overwhelmingly against him. So overwhelmingly, in fact, that even with the rigging that went on, it was just not enough to ensure Mugabes victory. His defeat was total. It was crushing. And this is why the election results were not released, and still have not been released. And the delay has given Mugabe time to tamper with the ballots.
How did the MDC snatch such an amazing victory from the jaws of what looked like certain defeat, being up against an incredibly brutal, vicious police state with vast resources, whose president has boasted that he has degrees in violence (not an idle boast as he is a Marxist terrorist who committed terrible atrocities during the 1970s terrorist revolution against Rhodesia)? After all, there was nothing whatsoever free or fair about this election from the Zanu-PF side. Sure, Mugabe saw to it that election day itself was mostly peaceful, so as to con the election observers into thinking all was well. But in the months before the election, there was massive intimidation countrywide, and MDC supporters were beaten, tortured, kidnapped, even murdered. Morgan Tsvangirai himself was savagely beaten. The MDC was not given anything like the access to the media that Mugabes Zanu-PF had. It was also not given access to voters rolls.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission itself, which oversaw the elections, was run by Zanu-PF people. The voters roll had something in the region of two million dead or departed people still on it, allowing massive organised ghost voting. Zanu-PF had also filled the voters rolls with hundreds of thousands of false names and addresses. There were ghost polling stations, known only to Zanu-PF agents. And the government had printed millions more ballot papers than there were voters in the country, so that they could be filled in as needed in favour of Zanu-PF. Police, mostly very pro-Mugabe, were allowed into polling stations to help voters vote for the right party. Large numbers of voters were turned away from polling stations after being told that their names were not on the rolls. And in a country facing starvation, as an election incentive Zanu-PF distributed food mainly to those who were its own supporters, not to opposition people. Some three million Zimbabweans, or a quarter of the countrys population, who now live in neighbouring countries where they fled to avoid starving to death, were also not allowed to vote.
Thus everything about this election was tipped in Mugabes favour! So how, then, did the MDC pull it off? They did so by sheer, dogged, desperate determination, having reached the point of such despair that no amount of threats, intimidation, torture or violence could prevent them turning out to vote Mugabe out of power; and they also did it by a very simple but clever tactic. Prior to the election they managed to secure what looked like a very small concession: to have the lists of election results posted outside polling stations as soon as they were known. This simple step prevented the massive rigging that there would otherwise have been; for as soon as the results were posted outside each polling station, photographs were taken of the results by cellphone and digital camera and these were sent off to independent polling verification centres in South Africa.
Sometimes I get tired of all these articles about Obama. Don’t know if I’m going to read this one.
Yeah, I know he’s a tin-horn dictator. What else is new?
Not even remotely true. This is part and parcel of Agenda 21.
In the 1970s, Rhodesia all by itself produced enough food to feed most of Africa. The political destruction of Rhodesia and South Africa was engineered with Agricultural destruction as the primary goal.
Just because not every conspiracy is real ... that does not mean no conspiracies are real.
As I recall, Alan Keyes was the one warning about starvation coming to Rhodesia before anyone else saw it.
He was ignored.
Kind of interesting considering the fact that Cecil Rhodes was a fabian socialist and the nation named after him falls the way it has.
Thank you for teh ping, dynachrome.
Well, Mugabe is still there running things. Dissidents are still being beaten. Farmers are still being run off.
The “power sharing” agreement is a huge farce that left a dictator in power with a semblence of legitimacy.
Are there still farmers to be run off ?
White Farmer on Trial for Mugabe Joke
12 hours ago
Last month police arrested Minister of State in the Prime Ministers Office Jameson Timba for calling Mugabe a liar. A Chipinge man Gift Mafuka was jailed for 12 months for last year for insulting Mugabe.
I contend that Obama is using the Zimbabwe blueprint.